Saturday, January 12, 2008

Our Schedule

Getting back to work after the long break has been rough. Since my poor children work better when they're on a schedule, I decided to buckle down and put them on one. It is strict for us. I am not a schedule type person. I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kinda gal. That probably explains why I was habitually late when I was growing up--no pants, just skirts! I know, that was sick! Anyway, I thought I'd share our schedule with you.

timeMom Gabriel Xavier Dominic
8:00showermake bed
8:15get dressed
9:00morning routineLatinbreakfastbreakfast
9:30Assigned ReadingMake bedmake bed


12:00prepare lunchtromboneBreak
1:30Free Reading
2:00afternoon routine
4:30Start DinnerCubscouts/help cookDone/help cookdone/help cook

Where there are spaces, they are either continuing the previous activity--or in the case of Art/Music and Logic, we're all doing the same thing. I just got tired of coding. Also, Xavier and Dominic are not always awake before 9, so they are not scheduled for anything prior to that.

On Mondays, we only do the schedule up to lunch. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we do History. On Wednesdays and Fridays, we do Science. Wednesday mornings, we attend orchestra. That is why we are schooling on Monday. We had been taking Monday off since Gary is home on Mondays. However, our Orchestra day changed, so that got changed, too. Once a month on Wednesday afternoon, we get together with other homeschool families for PE. The last Friday of the month, we go to a place that has lots of gymnastics equipment that has an open time for homeschoolers. Also, of course, our schedule gets disrupted for field trips. However, they have slowed down somewhat.

How is it working? Well, other than the fact that I overslept by 30 minutes every morning this week, it's been going great. We just adjusted our schedule back 30 minutes and made it up on our lunch time break. The kids really respond well to having a schedule. Dominic is fighting it somewhat. However, even he is more willing to color when it's written on the schedule! :)

We've also implemented a menu. I will not list that here. However, it means that I am cooking for every meal. It also means that the kids DO NOT have a choice of what they eat. They are also having to eat healthier. For instance, for breakfast, they might have a waffle, bacon or (spoonful of peanut butter for Xavier), 1/3 of a banana, and a cup of milk. Before, they wanted to just eat 5 waffles and have done with it. This is a much healthier option. They are settling into this pretty well, although Xavier still has a melt down every time he realizes he doesn't get to choose what he is going to eat. His melt downs are getting smaller each day. I know that changing the way Xavier eats can only be good for him. I really think he has a glucose allergy or intolerance. The fact that all he wants to eat is bread does not help him. We are taking him for allergy testing. We'll see.

That's it for today. I'll post some pictures from this week when I get up in the morning!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! That's some schedule. *grin* I look forward to hearing how it goes. I'm with you, I really loathe the idea of schedules but must admit that things do run smoother when there is at least a series of events to complete.

    And I completely agree with you about the meals! We have been doing the same thing here. It's a bit hard for me because I did get quite used to the boys making their own lunch and breakfast. But, the downfall was that they wanted multiples of one item (like you said) and the meal takes much more time from our day because they play around in the process.


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